18th Annual Youth & Justice Forum

18th Annual Youth & Justice Forum
Posted on 11/09/2022
This is the image for the news article titled 18th Annual Youth & Justice Forumjudges sit on stage for the JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion) panel

The 18th annual Tri-Cities Youth and Justice Forum was held Friday, November 4th at its new location in the Richland Federal Building. During this full-day event, middle and high school students met with local leaders in the justice system to learn about higher education and career opportunities in the justice system.

"It's a great opportunity to give kids the opportunity to interact with the justice system in a positive way they might not have otherwise," said Judge Mary K. Dimke. 

two girls speak with Judge DimkeStudents from six middle schools and eight high schools across the area met and talked with judges, lawyers, law enforcement officers, probation officers, and other professionals to learn more about the justice system and their rights and responsibilities as members of the community, as well as potential career opportunities. The principal goal of the Youth and Justice Forum is to create opportunities for racial and ethnic diversity in the justice system in order to match the people it serves.

Judge Rodriguez holds microphone out to students in the audience for a response The schools in attendance were:
  • High Schools:
    • Chiawana High School (Pasco)
    • Hanford High School (Richland)
    • Kamiakin High School (Kennewick)
    • Kennewick High School
    • Legacy High School (Kennewick)
    • Pasco High School
    • Prosser High School
    • Richland High School
    • River's Edge High School (Richland)
    • River View High School (Finley)
    • Southridge High School (Kennewick)
    • Walla Walla High School
  • Middle Schools:
    • Finley Middle School
    • Highlands Middle School (Kennewick)
    • Horse Heaven Hills Middle School (Kennewick)
    • Housel Middle School (Prosser)
    • Ochoa Middle School (Pasco)
    • Park Middle School (Kennewick)
    • Stevens Middle School (Pasco)


The Tri-Cities Youth and Justice Forum was sponsored by:

  • Educational Service District 123
  • African American Community Cultural & Educational Society (AACES)
  • Washington State Minority & Justice Commission
  • Johnson & Orr
  • Purcell Law
  • Northwest Injury Clinics
  • Patricia Chavatal
  • Roach & Bishop, LLC
  • Leavy, Schultz Davis, P.S.
  • Morfin Law Firm
  • Anderson Law
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